Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

 

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

 

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Alan R · 08/31/2017
    Deck was in rough shape, first coat went on and soaked right into the wood quickly. It got dark right when finished with 1st coat. Is it too late to apply a second coat the next day? The 5 gallon container says, do not over apply - I'm not sure if that is what this refers to. Is a 2nd coat for a beat up deck suggested? I power washed, then sanded, then cleaned.
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    Armstrong · 08/26/2017
    Guy Wixon:
    Deck built in August. Don't think I can wait too long to stain. Will sanding help speed up the prep of the wood? What grit?

    No. See this about new wood and prep:

    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Guy Wixon · 08/25/2017
    Deck built in August. Don't think I can wait too long to stain. Will sanding help speed up the prep of the wood? What grit?
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    Armstrong · 08/09/2017
    Aaron Long:
    Hello,

    How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

    Aaron

    It is best to not apply another coat if the first coat has already cured. Best to wait until Spring. Clean and reapply then.
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    Aaron Long · 08/09/2017
    Hello,

    How much cleaning is required if I want to recoat and also do touchups within a few days of the first coat?

    Aaron
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    Armstrong · 08/02/2017
    Gail Rankin:
    The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?

    If applying two coats, make sure the second coat goes on "wet on wet". Meaning within 20-60 minutes of the first coat. Do the rails first. Apply first coat to the deck and then apply another coat 20 minutes later. 3 gallons should be enough for all.
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    Gail Rankin · 08/01/2017
    The area of my deck is 384 sq ft including deck, facia,railings and posts. I will want to do 2 applications due to our Canadian winter. I assume I need 2 gallons for the first application, do I need to double that for 2 coats? Or just 1 more gallon because I only need to do 2 applications on the horizontal surface - 168 sq ft?
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    Armstrong · 07/31/2017
    Tari stordahl:
    What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
    Thanks.

    Semi-trans cedar on older pine wood that was prepped and brightened.
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    Tari stordahl · 07/30/2017
    What color stain is on the deck shown with the flower box and mountains in the background? Also type of wood. Would like to order sample.
    Thanks.
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    Armstrong · 07/30/2017
    Mike lillard:
    Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?

    It will drip while applying but will dry. Yes, it can be applied to ceilings.
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    Mike lillard · 07/30/2017
    Can you apply to a mahogany porch ceiling? Or will it just drop all over the place?
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    Armstrong · 07/25/2017
    Gil:
    I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.

    Airless sprayer is better and has a more consistent flow over a pump.
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    Gil · 07/24/2017
    I noticed the website states a pump sprayer can be used but the 5 gal can (mahogany) says not to use a garden sprayer. Is a pump sprayer not recommended? Would I be better off renting an airless sprayer? My goal is an even coat and ability to easily get between boards.
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    Armstrong · 07/21/2017
    Kris:
    Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx

    See this about new wood:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/new-decking-and-armstrong-clark-stain
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    Kris · 07/21/2017
    Questions-how long do I need to wait until I can put the stain for the first time on my deck? How often do I need to reapply the stain- every 2 years or more? We are in Chicago. Thx
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    Armstrong · 07/18/2017
    D.Cardillo:
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks

    Wet on wet. Appy the first coat and the second coat will need to be applied within 20-60 minutes of the first coat.
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    D.Cardillo · 07/18/2017
    When a second coat is need , what is the recommended reapplication procedure?
    Thanks
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    Armstrong · 07/15/2017
    Wayne Michaelian:
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?

    Based on your sample application, we would suggest only the 1 coat for this. Seconds coats are typically only needed for dried out wood where the stain soak deep in right away.
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    Wayne Michaelian · 07/14/2017
    I just recently purchased 3 color samples from you . Cedar, Natural Oak, and Chestnut. All of them are beautiful. We are leaning heavily on the Chestnut. My question is: How do I know if I need a second coat? When I applied the first coat on my test sample piece of wood, (which was also prepped with cleaner/brightener and allowed to dry for 5 days) the stain was still tacky after 30 mins. and dry to touch after an hour. Do you recommend a single coat or is the any added benefit to a second coat?
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    Armstrong · 07/09/2017
    Dana:
    Hello,

    Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

    Thanks!

    Sorry, but it will not come out of clothes. :(
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    Dana · 07/08/2017
    Hello,

    Any suggestions on how I might be able to get this off of a pair of shorts? I accidentally touched a wet stain pad to them and don't want to wash them with other clothes in case it might transfer.

    Thanks!
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    Armstrong · 07/07/2017
    David Clayton:
    Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?

    The Restore A Deck Stripper Kit:
    https://www.armstrongclarkstain.com/restore-a-deck-stripper
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    David Clayton · 07/07/2017
    Our siding was stained many many years ago using Olympic linseed oil based stain. I few now want to retain using AC stain, what prep is required?
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    Armstrong · 07/06/2017
    Tom K.:
    Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
    Thank you,
    Tom

    For the prep, you use the Restore A Deck and pressure washing. As for the old stain, the shelf life is 12 months if opened. It is questionable if your 3-year-old stain is still good. Check for jellying large chunks. If you see either, it has gone bad.
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    Tom K. · 07/05/2017
    Hello. I used your rustic brown stain back in 2013. The verticals still hold the color and look great. However, as expected I need to re-do the horizontal areas. 2 questions. First, I only need to clean the area and apply a new coat. I do not need to power wash, correct? Second, if I still have stain which was left over and I resealed in 2013, will it take, as a new coat?
    Thank you,
    Tom
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    Armstrong · 07/04/2017
    Matt_D:
    After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

    Any tips on how to remove this residual?

    Try wiping down with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate any rags in water when done and lay flat to dry.
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    Matt_D · 07/03/2017
    After applying Armstrong-Clark semi-solid a few weeks ago, we are happy with the stain but are noticing some residual coming off on both our feet and clothing from the deck surface. Buffing the surface with a dry cloth will easily pick up the stain.

    Any tips on how to remove this residual?
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    Administrator · 06/20/2017
    RDF-PE:
    Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?

    Try wiping off the excess stain with rags and mineral spirits. Saturate all oil rags in water when done and lay them flat to dry.
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    RDF-PE · 06/20/2017
    Installed AC on 1100 sq ft ipe deck couple of weeks ago. Everything dried ok except under a covered area where it is still a little "sticky" and leaving footprints behind. I washed with water and still have mild stickiness and footprint. Should I lightly scrub with dish soap to remove this outer layer?
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    Administrator · 06/14/2017
    Andrew Lawrence:
    does armstong clark offer a complimentary cedar deck stain "end cut" stain/sealer i.e. a wax or something that ADDS to the sealing / staining of exposed "End Cuts"?

    Someone thought there was such a complimentary product that also filled preexisting minor cracks in the end cuts.

    Hello, AC does not make an end cut sealer nor is there a product that actually fills end cuts.